Skip to comments.Police Called When Crowd Of 600 Gets Unruly Waiting For Flu Shots
Posted on 10/17/2004 10:13:00 AM PDT by sheikdetailfeather
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It's the media who's inciting the panic.
I washing my hands of this whole mess !.........:o)
Strange Days. A mighty fortress (lower case) is the FreeRepublic...
I've wondered that, too. We should try to get photos of the people so desperately waiting for flu shots. I'm sure there will be a lot of the same crowd weeping after Nov. 2 that they just couldn't figure out the ballots, or that some Republican at the poll intimidated them not to vote.
It's a COLD for crying out loud!! Get over it.
You'd think it was the middle of the desert after 30 days and they were rationing out a ladle full of water.
"ok now tell me the name of those doughnut shaped boats or water spiders I rode on....I cant remember to save me.....
as for Tony, he is MORE than welcome to come to America...we love him here....well, most of us, the ones with brains :))"
Can't help you with the boats or the spiders.
The thing with Tony B. Liar is that he has a long history of saying and doing only that which he thinks will get himself re-elected (he also has a reputation for reneging on deals even with colleagues in his own government). I believe that the ONLY reason he backed Bush & the US on Iraq was that he felt it would strengthen his position at home (recall that Thatcher was on the way out before The Falklands conflict but her popularity soared after the victory).
While personally I am glad that we backed the US on Iraq as I believe that it was just and necessary, I don;t for one minute believe that Phoney Tony had any other interests in mind but his own when he made the decision.
Please remember that most Americans know Blair only form his stance on the war and haven't had to put up with 7 years of his leftist social policies and oily public declarations.
Also please know that Blair is very much PRO Europe and if it were not for the efforts of Gordon Brown (miserable Scots pinko that he is) we would inevitably be further ensconced in the quagmire that is the EU and would probably have already sacrificed our currency for the hated Euro.
*** I'm only 52 and rather lean and mean if I must say so, but my aortic valve was replaced with a carbon composite in '90. I take flu shots every year. ***
My Mitral valve was replaced same year. I'm 57 and have never taken a flu shot. I have not had flu in years but the common cold tears me up!
Years ago a physician said not to worry about flu as most people die as a result of complications from PNEUMONIA after having the flu. We still have plenty of pennicillin for that.
Cough on every old, sickly looking democrat you see. It will freak them out. And, if you HAVE the flu, go cough on them, it might keep them from voting.
And, if anyone REALLY wants a flu shot, drive across the border and get one in Canada. They have a huge surplus and as long as the doctor buys extra for any America customer, it's perfectly ok to do so.
suppose both factories had been in the US - and one of them contaminated their supply? we would be in the same position we are in now. what do you want - capacity to make 5 times the amount actually needed, just in case something goes wrong? who pays for that?
your son actually needs this - many of the seniors who get it, probably don't. and almost all of the healthy middle aged people getting it, definitely don't need it.
Yeah, I'm gonna go with multivitamins and echinaceae this year. I also generally keep away from the rest of the herd, but I work at a school. My greatest risk is that dash from the hot tub to the house on a cool evening.
Some enterprizing person should gather a couple Canadian nurses together, buy a truckload of canadian vaccines, and set up a flu shot clinic just on the Canadian side of the border. They could make millions.
They are trying to make this the "gas lines" of 2004 because fuel prices never reached $2.50-3.00/gal as they were projecting.
Un freekin believable
You can try, but there are plenty of people ahead of you. Also, the Canadian provincial governments are starting to have second thoughts about freely dispensing vaccine to American visitors.
Im sorry, is this a NEWS ARTICLE or a KERRY CAMPAIGN AD?
The best way to get the Flu is to spend the day in a crowd of 600 people.
Since your son is immuno-suppressed that rules out the rest of you getting FluMist, unfortunately. I'm glad you found a shot for him.
Kids are not on the specified list of who gets shots. Only those 6 months to 23 months. At least, that is what our pharmacist told a lady in line with me to pick up a prescription.
No. The large NW Florida clinic where my Doctor practices is not being issued vaccine. Nationally we will see tens of thousands of people die because of the shortage.
I'm a lifelong resident of New England and deal with subzero temperatures every winter. Never once in my 42 years of living have I gotten a "flu shot." And in the few times that I do get the flu - about once every five years - I just drink a little extra water, sleep a little more and shake it off.
this whole issue is a media driven frenzy now, and it may well have some political effects because the administration isn't out there saying anything to try and calm people down.
I agree, the list should be limited to those who took one last year and those in chronic need. Half the reason for the gas lines of the 70's were people tried to keep full tanks all the time whereas under normal conditions the average tank is less than half full.
my parents are both in their mid 70s - they have never gotten one, never gave it a second thought. but so many americans, especially seniors, see health care as some kind of social event. if they aren't "doctored up" and taking pills for something, they freak out.
What fools these mortals be!
"Why are there long lines in the first place? Are these "clinics" at supermarkets and drugstores the only places to get shots?"
Got my shot yesterday and heard there that over 75% of shots delivered each year are thru supermarkets and drugstores and the like.
"Can't a person who is in the "at risk" category get one from their doctor without standing in line for hours at the local Safeway or Costco?"
All of the docs where I live ordered from Chiron and, as a consequence, have no vaccine. The only docs I've heard of who have any vaccine are pediatricians. My experience yesterday bore that out. They had almost 1000 people on line for 700 doses and I swear I was the only person there under 65. No kids at all.
If you do so, you will probably be fed a cane and it won't be made of peppermint.
It's a scare tactic story for Democrats to talk about.
Wanna bet this ends up being a vacine for the wrong flu when this is all over?
My thoughts exactly!
If the media hadn't reported the flu shot shortage, NONE of this would be happening.
The most ironic part of all of this is that the flu shot does not cover every type of flu possible. Many years the shot is useless because the prevalent flu is of a different strain.
In December 1999, I ended up with pneumonia after the flu and have gotten the shots since then, but am not going to panic this year...will call my doc and get a pneumonia shot and when the panic dies down get the flu shot. I'm 64, but don't consider myself high risk. I have only had the flu that one time.
I think some seniors nowadays think they can live forever if only they do everything right, diet, meds, etc. etc. My 85 year-old mother is on numerous meds that I think are ridiculous for someone her age, and suffering from side effects, but she takes everything the docs tell her to. I really don't believe a slightly elevated cholesterol at her age is that bad since she hasn't had any symptoms of stroke or heart disease. But, I'm sure there are hundreds of thousands of people in that age bracket that are taking that expensive medication. I blame the doctors for this overprescribing. When she goes in complaining of aches and pains, instead of telling her that she should expect some discomfort at her age, they push another pill at her.
Only if they weren't free to raise the price. If they could raise the price, then there'd be no unruliness.
What is the source for this statement?
"Never once in my 42 years of living have I gotten a "flu shot." And in the few times that I do get the flu - about once every five years - I just drink a little extra water, sleep a little more and shake it off."
85% of deaths from flu or, more accurately, from complications from flu, are in people over the age of 65. The other deaths are from kids under 2 and folks with asthma, heart/lung disease, deficient immune systems, etc. Hence, the distribution guidelines.
PS- If all you had to do was sleep a little, drink some water, and shake it off, you didn't have the flu. Influenza, as opposed to the zillion other bugs that people catch during flu season, will knock even the healthiest person on his a** for two weeks.
tens of thousands of elderly people die every winter - of pneumonia. The media and the Dems will attribute every one of these deaths this year - to the low supply of flu vaccine.
I agree, and my bout with pneumonia was scary. That's why I'm getting a pneumonia shot.
I have no idea why during the debate Bush didn't say "we will fix this. I'm going to overturn the bad legislation Bill and Hillary Clinton enacted that caused these shortages.
I am betting yes. Either that or a good deal of people have gone on their ear. What is the big deal?
another related thread running now:
Thank the Trial Lawyers for suing our pharm companies out of the USA boys and girls :)
My first thought too, but vodka came to mind (eases the line-numbing effect).
you got that right!!!